The Australian Turf Club has one final Boxing Day gift for punters, those who are willing to make the trip to Royal Randwick, or those who want to stay in and let end-of-year reflections take centre stage, but catch the race via video.
Randwick has a full card of racing on the day following Christmas and this year, the meeting will be held on a Tuesday.
The meeting is mostly handicaps of various distances, but the highlight of the day is the Group 3 Summer Cup (2000 m). It too is a handicap, open to horses three years old and older.
It was first run in 1890, so it has a long history, although when we looked at the winners’ list, the only winner to earn an entry on Wikipedia was 1988 winner Super Impose.
The race was run over 2400 metres at that time until 2012 and the modern record for that distance is held by Striking Gold in 1993 at 2.27.0. When the race jumped in 2013, it had been shortened to 2000 metres.
Veteran galloper Red Excitement won in 2016. The eight-year old gelding is still active and placed third as recently as December of 2017, running at Rosehill racecourse in the Group 3 Festival Stakes. He was in the field in September when Winx ran away with the Group 1 George Main Stakes. He was still capable of winning when he took the Gosford Cup in January of 2017, but save for the recent third at Rosehill, it would appear that Red Excitement’s race is run.
The Group 3 Summer Cup achieved Group 3 status in 1979, when the current race classification went into effect. In all years prior, it was a Principal race.
I’m Imposing is the most recent dual winner, in 2013 and 2014. I’m Imposing and Super Impose share some common ancestry and the most notable we found for both was Bold Ruler, a champion from the U.S. that won 23 times from 33 starts back in the 1950s, including the Preakness Stakes, one of the U.S.’s Triple Crown races.